Dome launches artist funding

Rachel Badham December 16, 2020

The Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) arts charity has launched a new funding support scheme for performing artists and creatives living and working in Brighton & Hove, and applications are now open. Artists In House will initially select three artists; each will receive £10,000 to support their artistic work as have the opportunity to contribute to the BDBF programme. Artists can be from a wide range of creative disciplines such as dance, poetry, theatre, comedy and music, as well as interactive digital work. 

The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for performing artists, with many in immediate need of financial support and networking opportunities. Kyla Booth-Lucking, BDBF director of programming and participation said: “We want this scheme to support and nurture local artists during these uncertain times, but we also want to gain valuable insights from the artists themselves. Alongside our other support for artists through the Open Venues scheme and Creative Catch-ups, this will help us to grow and to effectively support the community of artists who live and work in the local area.”

They continued: “As we look to the future re-opening of our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre spaces, this collaborative way of working will be vital to producing, encouraging and developing new artistic work here in the city.” Through supporting freelance artists, BDBF is contributing to the Cultural Recovery Action Plan for Brighton & Hove. 

The deadline for the round of applications is January 8 2021. Full details on how to apply can be found online at BDBF is also hosting online advice sessions for artists who have questions or need more information before applying, and encourages diverse candidates who are under-represented in the current workforce and programming.